The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation

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JHU Press, 2002 - 184 pagine
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From the day when two bicycle mechanics made the first flight at Kitty Hawk until the end of World War II, Americans invested extraordinary hope in airplanes, expecting them to revolutionize daily life and transform the world. For many, the flying machine became a virtual god. Exploring these early years of aviation, Joseph Corn describes the fascinating, and often bizarre, plans for the future of manned flight (including the Depression-era dream of an airplane in every garage) and brings back to life the famous and lesser-known aviators who became American heroes - Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Calbraith P. Rodgers, and many others. Rich in colourful detail, The Winged Gospel: America's Romance with Aviation provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century and the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology.
 

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Author is adept at extrapolating evidence to support his thesis that aviation became something of a secular religion, promoting both prosperity and harmony. From the day when two bicycle mechanics ... Leggi recensione completa

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Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation
71
An Airplane in Every Garage? The Gospels Most
91
Adults and the Winged Superchildren
113
Epilogue
135
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